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In a world seemingly held hostage by COVID, it is important to understand how to protect yourself. In addition to following recommended health guidelines such as social distancing and masking up, you should prepare your home as well. This begs the question, “can an air purifier protect you from the coronavirus?” Let’s take a closer look.
First, let’s discuss the different types of air purifiers. There are two primary types of purifiers.
Most people are familiar with the purpose of air filters. They protect you from harmful toxins and allergens by physically removing the pollutants from the air. Air filters are particularly helpful in homes with pets, where hair and dander tend to float around and cause minor allergic reactions.
On the other hand, sanitizers purify the air by killing bacteria and viruses located within the pollutants. In other words, they do not remove the toxins, but they kill the harmful parts. Air sanitizers do a good job eliminating natural bacteria from the home’s occupants, such as from saliva.
In a nutshell, no, an air purifier is not a cure-all against the coronavirus or from getting sick in general. However, it does reduce the number of particles and pollutants within your home, meaning your overall health will improve and you may reduce exposure to viruses and bacteria. In other words, an air purifier is a tool for strengthening your immune system. The better your air quality is, the better you feel.
So, what are the specific health benefits of using an air purifier? Generally speaking, you will experience the following advantages.
Whether you choose to invest in a filter or sanitizer, the overall risk of allergies diminishes. Less pet hair, dust, and pollen mean less itching, sneezing, and coughing.
If you suffer from a chronic lung condition, an air purifier reduces the number of indoor triggers to which you expose yourself. Many asthmatics suffer flare-ups due to dust, pollen, and harsh chemicals.
An often overlooked benefit of using an air purifier is simple comfort. Breathing cleaner, fresher air means happier lungs and a more comfortable lifestyle.
Constantly ingesting allergens weakens your lungs. Poor indoor air quality increases your chances of getting respiratory infections, both short-term and long-term.
Did you know that your HVAC system runs better without dust, hair, and dirt to weigh it down? Air purifiers aid your HVAC system’s air filter in ridding your home of pollutants, increasing the efficiency of your heating and cooling.
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